Meet The Team
Julie Whitehead R.M I.B.C.L.C.
Originally a registered Nurse from the Isle of Man I moved to the South Coast in 1995 to become a midwife. My passions as a midwife are ante natal education, breast feeding and the new parent-baby relationship. I have two grown up sons and a grand son
One of the things I really enjoy is to help and support the new family with the transition into parenthood, this can be with regular local meet ups or in my classes.
Dip He Midwifery Studies
I have been working as a midwife for over 20 years years and I currently work in Southsea, Portsmouth.
For 7 years I gained experience and worked in a Private Exclusive Birthing centre in North London with Yehudi Gordon, one of the founders of the Active Birth Movement, I have also worked with Janet Balaskas in the Active Birth Centre in London and also learnt the use of natural therapies in labour . For 2 years I worked in a Private clinic on Harley St. London, advising women on pregnancy, birth and breast feeding. I am also a qualified Hypnobirthing practitioner.
Newborn Behaviour Observation practitioner (NBO)
While babies may not speak their first word for a year, they are born ready to communicate with a rich vocabulary of body movements, cries and visual responses: all part of the complex language of infant behaviour. The NBO looks at a wide range of behaviours and is suitable for examining newborns and infants up to two months old. By the end of the assessment, the examiner has a behavioural “portrait” of the infant, describing the baby’s strengths, adaptive responses and possible vulnerabilities.
One of my passions is supporting women with breast feeding their babies. I have been a registered lactation consultant for 12 years.
I can visit new mothers in their homes and help if they are experiencing problems, I can also cut tongue ties at their home if it is making feeding difficult.I am also registered with the Lactation Consultants of Great Britain www.lcgb.org
Aqua natal teacher
Aqua natal classes are held weekly at Portsmouth Roko, Copnor Rd .Aqua is followed by coffee in the lounge with time for questions and advice ..
I am a registered Paediatric First Aid Instructor and Assessor. (a.i.d. Training & Operations)
I have been registered with the International School of Developmental Baby Massage and Movement since 2003 www.thebabieswebsite.com. The power of touch via baby massage is immense, I run 5 week baby massage courses and also couples baby massage on a Saturday in Portsmouth. I am also a baby yoga teacher which i incorporate into my baby massage class.
During pregnancy you can attend my 5 week Pregnancy & Birth Preparation course to help prepare your body and mind for labour and birth.Post natally you can drop by to the Pilates group with your baby and help work on your abs back and pelvic floor with your baby at your side. Once you have your baby you can attend my 6 week post natal recovery pilates.
Working on an active birth unit for 7 years with Yehudi Gordon help me gain vast experience on helping a woman through her pregnancy and labour without the use of conventional drugs. It was a great insight into how women with the right encouragement and environment can tune into their own bodies and manage a lot better with labour. Informing partners of the labour process and how to help the labouring woman ensured the couple both felt ready for labour, birth and beyond.I hold monthly Hypno birth workshops in Portsmouth to help the couple understand labour and how to help each other.
Placenta Encapsulation IPEN Registered…. specialist http://placentanetwork.com/ making your placenta into tablets for you to help reduce post natal depression, Raise iron levels and aid milk production
Osteopath Treatments for Mother and Baby
Elaine works in the nursery at the You & Your Baby Hub -Bransbury park Southsea on Wednesdays.
I have been a Registered Osteopath since 2000 after training with The European School of Osteopathy, Maidstone. In this same year I undertook post-graduate training in London with the Sutherland Cranial College. I am currently following a course in Biodynamic osteopathy which is helping me to further develop my work in the cranial field with babies and children as well as adults.
With osteopathy practices in Southsea and London, I offer treatment for all the family, including babies and toddlers. I treat all ages from the very young to the very old! My youngest patient to date is 2 days old and my oldest was 95. I have been qualified as an osteopath for over 18 years and I work using both cranial technique (especially with babies) and structural osteopathy. I treat women during all stages of pregnancy and after the birth. Babies can be brought at any time and if you would like to speak before deciding to book an appointment please call me on 07770 606359.
As well as treating babies, I enjoy treating children and teenagers although do not get this opportunity as much as I would like as many parents are not aware that Osteopaths can help children. I treat children with injuries such as a knee strain from dancing and teenagers for problems such as sport related injuries and head or neck pain as well as tension or
Ferrucio Elvezia, Reflexologist
Ferrucio has been living in Rio De Janeiro working in a clinic helping many mothers and sports people with his reflexology . He is highly skilled in his practice and has trained with the very best. He is specialised in Maternity, fertility and preconception reflexology.
10-12 am in the Nursery .New Mums Group Babies up to 20 weeks old. Advice, support , friendship and baby weigh in .£4 Drop in
1.15-2.45 Baby Massage with Julie
Respond course runs-This is a free 7 week course for any mothers suffering with low mood or anxiety. you will need to be assessed and booked onto the course. For more info e mail/call Julie or see Talking change website Respond Course
10.30-12 Post Natal Pilates and recovery Course. 6 week course booked on line to help the new mum get started in light exercise .Aimed at abs, pelvic floor and back care.
Osteopath Treatments for mother and baby with Elaine Elkington, Registered Osteopath 07770 606 359-Held in the Nursery
6.30 -8pm Pregnancy Pilates and birth preparation .inc deep relaxation Book on line 5 week course
09.45-10.15 Parent + baby aqua fit £5.50
10.30-11.15 Aqua natal at Roko Copnor Rd. 10.30am in the pool 11.40-12.15 chat in the lounge £5.50 Non members welcome.Free parking-Drop in
Baby Sensory with Emily
Friday Baby Massage /first Aid
Monthly labour and birth couples workshops.
If you are a small group of mums, Julie can tailor a class especially for you so you can have your classes together. Retreat/nursery occasionally available for hourly hire, contact us below for more info.
If you are looking for information on a pregnancy related service that isn’t listed here please contact us via the form below.